Ambassador Don Pramudwinai, President of Young Ambassador of Virtue Project, led a delegation of Young Ambassadors of Virtue on a visit to Sri Lanka on 31 July – 7 August 2013. The delegation included 22 young ambassadors of virtue, 4 teachers, 3 school directors, 3 representatives of the Office of the Basic Education Commission, Director of Young Ambassadors of Virtue Foundation and 2 staff members. The Young Ambassadors were selected to join this visit from their participation in the “Dhamma is the Light of Wisdom” camp in April 2013.
The Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo has coordinated for the delegation to visit five leading Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka, which are Gunananda Vidhayalaya, Sri Sambodhi Viharaya English Dhamma School, Bhuddist Culture Centre, Dhamma Schools at Sri Paramananda Raja Maha Viharaya temple ,Galle and Sri Paramananda Raja Maha Vihara, Kandy. The delegation had cultural and religious exchanges with their counterparts by performing Srpayya chant and sang Dhamma songs,while Sri Lankan youths demonstrated their local praying ceremony and dance. The visit has helped to promote friendly relations between the youths of both countries and also coincided with the 260th Anniversary of the Establishment of Siam Nikaya in Sri Lanka. Their visit has been broadcasted on Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Channel.
The delegation also paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs, H.E. Mr. Wasatha Ekanayake, Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts, as well as meeting with students from various provinces of Sri Lanka. The visit has promoted valuable life experiences and inspired the young ambassadors of virtue to be good persons and an important workforce in driving the country forward.
The delegation visited important places of Sri Lanka, such as Dipaduttamarama Purana Thai Raja Maha Viharaya, an important temple bridging Thai – Sri Lankan relations, Kelaniya Royal Temple where Buddha has visited, and Kandy and Gangaramaya Temple which possess invaluable antiques and the smallest Buddha statue in the world. In addition, the delegation also visited the National Museum of Colombo, Galle National Maritime Museum, Peradeniya Botanical Garden, International Buddhist Museum, Temple of the Sacred Tooth, and Giragama Tea Factory. This visit gave the young ambassadors of virtue with ample opportunities for learning, broadening visions, and valuable experiences that would enrich and prepare them to become an important workforce for Thailand.